Do you believe shaving makes the hair grow back thicker and that using a new razor causes more nicks and cuts than a broken-in blade? They’re among the most common shaving myths – and we’re here to debunk them.
MYTH: Shaving your body and facial hair will make the hair grow back thicker, darker and faster.
This is untrue. Shaving hair doesn’t change its thickness, colour or rate of growth. The hair may feel stubbly and thick simply because shaving makes the tip of the hair blunt.
MYTH: A new razor blade causes more nicks and cuts than a broken-in razor blade.
Shaving with an old, dull razor blade will actually result in even more pesky nicks and cuts. If you find you frequently get cuts each time you use a new blade, it may be that you’re applying too much pressure when shaving.
MYTH: Shaving will make my tan fade more quickly.
This is an old wives’ tale. Shaving helps to enhance your tan by ridding your legs of the top, flaky layer of skin, which is hiding your gorgeous goddess glow.
MYTH: It’s OK to dry-shave my legs if I’m in a hurry.
We really wouldn’t recommend ever dry-shaving your legs, as it can cause a red, itchy rash, which is not what you want if you’re preparing to get your pins out. Using a shaving gel is essential for shaving as it helps the razor glide over your legs.
MYTH: Shaving with soap and water works just as well as shaving cream.
Using soap and water to shave can make your skin very dry. Shaving gels act as a layer of protection against nicks and cuts, and has the added bonus of allowing you to see where you’ve already shaved, so you don’t miss any spots.
MYTH: Shaving your legs every day makes skin dry and flaky.
Shaving helps to exfoliate the top layer of dead skin cells, leaving your skin smoother and silkier. Remember, it’s always good to moisturise your legs after shaving, for extra softness.